Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Revision of 1/3rd commutation pension i.r.o CPSE/CAB absorbee: Pensioner Portal Order

Revision of 1/3rd commutation pension i.r.o CPSE/CAB absorbee: Pensioner Portal Order

No.4/30/2010-P&PW(D)
Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions
Department of Pension and Pensioners Welfare

Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market,
New Delhi-110003,
Dated the 28th October, 2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Sub: Revision of 1/3rd commuted pension portion of pension in respect of Government servants who had drawn lump sum payment on absorption in Central Public Sector Undertakings/Central Autonomous Bodies-Implements of Government's decision on the recommendations of the 6th Central Pay Commission.

The undersigned is directed to say that orders have been issued vide this Department's OM of even number dated 11.7.2013 for revision of 1/3rd restored pension of absorbees w.e.f. 1.1.2006 by multiplying pre-revised 1/3rd pension by a factor of 2.26, if it is more beneficial than the revised 1/3rd restored pension as per this Department's O.M. No.4/38/2008-P&PW(D) dated 15.9.2008. These orders have been issued in compliance of the order dated 27.9.2011 of the CAT Hyderabad Bench in OA NO.710/2010 read with their order dated 22.4.2013 in C.P. 26/2012.

2. Representations have been received from the absorbees pensioners, who had taken lump-sum payment in lieu of 100% pro-rata pension on absorption, that the benefit allowed to the absorbee pensioners in terms of
O.M. dated 11.7.2013 is not adequate. These representations have been examined in this Department. The main thrust of these representation is that the 1/3rd restored pension may be revised w.e.f. 1.1.2006 by adding dearness pension and dearness relief as on 1.1.2006 alongwith 40% fitment benefit to the pre-revised 1/3rd restored pension.

3. The matter has been examined in this Department. The instructions for revision of 1/3rd pension were issued by this Department's O.M. No.4/38/2008-P&PW(D) dated 15.9.2008, keeping in view the formula laid down by Hon'ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh in its judgement dated 24.12.2003 which was accepted in Supreme Court judgment dated 29.11.2006 and 24.7.2007.  Hon'ble CAT, Hyderabad Bench in its order dated 27.9.2011 in OA 710/2010 inter-alia observed that the a.M. dated 15.9.2008 was legally sustainable.  However, the Hon'ble CAT directed to pass an order so as to equalize the revised 1/3rd restored pension of absorbees with the revised pension of other Central Government pensioners.

4. Keeping in view the above direction of Hon'ble CAT, Hyderabad Bench, which was upheld by High Court of Andhra Pradesh and Supreme Court, orders were issued vide this Department's C.M. of even number dated 11.7.2013 to revise 1/3rd restored pension of absorbee pensioners to 2.26 times of the pre-revised 1/3rd restored pension. This is explained by the following example:
Pre-2006 full pensionPre-2006 1/3rd restored pensionRevised full pension (for DR, etc.)Revised 1/3rd restored pension in terms of OM dated 15.9.2008Revised 1/3rd  restored pension in terms of OM dated 11.7.2013
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 The above formula for revision of 1/3rd pension is also in conformity with the demand made by the staff side in the meeting of National Council (JCM) held on 6.11.2012.
  5. In view of the above position, no further change in the 1/3rd restored pension of the absorbee pensioners (who had drawn lump-sum payment of absorption in Central Public Undertaking/Central Autonomous Body) is required to be made. All the representations made by the absrobee pensioners and their Associations in this regard stand disposed off accordingly. All Ministries/All Departments are requested to inform the above position to the absorbee pensioners.
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(Harjit Singh)
Deputy Secretary to the Government of India
Source: http://pensionersportal.gov.in/
[http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D3/D03ppw/PPWD_291013.pdf]

Unorganised workers' body opposes 7th pay commission

Unorganised workers' body opposes 7th pay commission

AURANGABAD: Opposing the central government's recent decision of setting up seventh pay commission for central government employees, Samajwadi Jan Parishad - a body of unorganised sector workers - today said that the government should rollback the announcement.

The organisation staged demonstrations in front of district collector's office here in the city. Addressing the gathering, its leader and social activist - Subash Lomte - said that the government had obliged only 7% of the total employees in the county working under its umbrella. "But it has nothing to offer to the remaining 93%," he said.

"There several instances where unorganised workers are being paid Rs 2,500 per month despite working for more than seven to eight hours a day," he said. He said that all the unorganised workers' salaries should be at par with class four employees of the central government.

Source: The Times of India

Representations regarding revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioner and issuance of mandatory e-authority by Pay & Accounts Officers: CPAO Order

Representations regarding revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioner and issuance of mandatory e-authority by Pay & Accounts Officers: CPAO Order

Government of India
Central Pension Accounting Office
Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance
Trikoot-II, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi-110066
CPAO/Tech/Clarification/2013-14/151
22.10.2013

OFFICE MEMORANDUM

Subject:- Representations regarding revision of pension of pre-2006 pensioner in the light of P&PW OM No. 38137108-P&PW (A) dated 28th January, 2013 and issuance of mandatory e-authority by Pay & Accounts Officers.

Department of Pension & Pensioners Welfare vide their OM No.38/37/08-P&PW (A) dated- 28.01.2013 has ordered to step-up the pension of pre-2006 pensioners upto 50% of the sum of minimum of pay in the pay band and grade pay corresponding to the pre-revised pay scale from which the pensioner has retired, as arrived at with reference to the fitment tables annexed to the Mb() Finance, D/o Expenditure OM dated-30.08.2008. To facilitate payment of revised pension/family pension a revised concordance table Annexure of the pre-1996, pre-2006 and post 2006 has also been enclosed with the OM dated-28.01.2013. Accordingly, necessary change in e-revision, e-filling utility was made by NIC, CGA to issue e-revision authorities for pre-2006 pensioners vide this office OM No. CPAO/Tech/e-Revision/2013- 14/33 dated-09.05.2013 read with OM No. CPAO/Tech/6th CPC/2013-14/42 dated- 16.05.2013 and issuance of e-revision authority was made mandatory with some exceptions vide this office OM No. CPAO/Tech/e-revision/2013-14/74 dated-26.06.2013.

2. Consequent upon the implementation of issuance of e- authority as mandatory some CAs/ PAOs are raising questions on imperfection of revised e-revision, e-filling utility software. After thorough examination of the orders on the subject, issued by Ministry of Finance and Deptt. of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare, it is observed that some posts in different organizations like Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Deptt. of Space, ITBP, Delhi Police, Assistants belonging to Central Secretariat Service, Stenographers Grade C (PA) of Central Secretariat Stenographer Service etc. were upgraded in the pre-revised scale of posts and were replaced by pay-band with higher grade pay in new pay structure of 6th Pay Commission. But these upgradations were applicable only from 01.01.2006. Obviously, these are not applicable for the pensioners who retired on or before 31.12.2005. This position was clarified by DPPW vide OM No.38/37/08-P&PW dated-11.02.2009. Para 5 of the OM clearly states that the benefit of upgradation of posts subsequent to their retirement would not be admissible to pre- 2006 pensioners.

3. Taking into consideration the above facts, revised e-revision, e-filling utility software has been developed which is perfect one in all respect. Therefore, it is requested to go through the P&PW OM dated-28.01.2013 alongwith the concordance table attached with it and fitment tables annexed to Ministry of Finance, Deptt. of Expenditure (Implementation Cell) OM No.1/1/2008 IC dated-30.08.2008 carefully.

4. If e-utility software shows any discrepancy it is an indication of misfeeding of data, hence required special attention and consultancy of fitment tables as referred above. In this context, some PAOs might have allowed the benefits of upgradation of posts to pre-2006 pensioners also. Initially due to non-availability of 5th CPCs Pay Scales in the software the check which is being applied in the revised e--utility software could not be made -effective. Hence, it is advised to issue the e-authority in all the cases with some exceptions mentioned in this office OM CPAO/Tech/e-revision/2013/14/75 dated-26.06.2013.

5. Earlier, some manual authorities might have been issued in which the benefits of upgradation has been allowed to pre-2006 pensioners also. Hence, a system generated list of revision authorities PAO-wise have been prepared for the convenience of PAOs to sort out the relevant cases for review and issue amendments, if required.

Keeping in view the volume of papers, the list is being sent through e-mail to each Pr.CCA/CCAs/CAs separately. Pr.CCA/CCAs/CAs may further distribute the same among '.their respective PAOs for further necessary action.

6.. In case of any doubt the matter may be referred to Department of Pensions & Pensioners Welfare for further clarification.

This issues with the approval of competent authority.
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Vijay Singh
Sr. Accounts Officer (Tech.)
Source: http://cpao.nic.in
[http://cpao.nic.in/pdf/cpao_tech_clarification_2013-14.pdf]

FinMin relaxes norms for top jobs in govt banks

FinMin relaxes norms for top jobs in govt banks

Highlights

    Fin Min to interview EDs this week for CMD vacancies arising only after August 2014

    CMDs of six public sector banks to retire in 2014-15

    This may be the first time RBI governor to conduct the interviews

    Unlike SBI, no fixed tenure for chairman in public sector banks

    Appointment process in govt banks may turn into a political slugfest
The finance ministry has relaxed the norms for selection of chairman and managing director in public sector banks which will now allow executive directors who were appointed merely couple of months back to appear in the interviews.

Interestingly, the government has decided to interview the candidates as early as this week for vacancies that will arise not before August 2014 – after the general elections.

According to norms, candidate needs to complete one year as executive director to become eligible for chairman and managing director. However, the criteria for residual service of two years of a candidate have not been tweaked.

The finance ministry has also seems to have kept the communication made by the department of personnel and training (DoPT) conveying the observations and directions of the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet regarding appointment of top jobs in government banks and financial institutions – in abeyance and proceeded with the selection process.

Among others things, suggestion was made to revisit the requirement of residual service and introduction of fixed tenure in public sector banks.

The concept of fixed tenure has been introduced in State Bank of India (SBI) by giving the new chairperson fixed tenure. Arundhati Bhattacharya, who was appointment as SBI’s chairperson earlier this month, was given a fixed tenure of three year.

The department of financial services were asked to examine if the same system could be extended to all public sector banks.

The finance ministry’s decision to relax the norms and conduct interviews early is also snowballing into a political controversy with a Shiv Sena Member of Parliament and a member of the standing committee of finance Chandrakant Khaire, writing to the finance ministry highlighting hastily selection process of CMDs in public sector banks before the finalization of the ACC guidelines.

While the government has decided to interview the candidates now, but clearance from the central vigilance commission (CVC) could not be received at this stage as such clearances are only received couple of months prior to the appointment.

A selection committee will interview 19 executive directors of various public sector banks for six positions that will fall vacant in the next financial year 2014-15. In the present financial year, chairman of four public sector banks will retire.

The government is yet to fill up vacancies in two public sector banks – Andhra Bank and Bank of Maharashtra where the chairman had retired in the last couple of months.

The selection committee is headed by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan and includes officials from finance ministry and academic world. According to banking industry sources, the new RBI governor is likely to break the tradition of sending his nominee (which is a deputy governor) and would be himself present during the interviews and conduct them.

The interviews will be conducted at State Bank of India head office in Mumbai, and not in New Delhi as earlier practiced.

Source: http://www.business-standard.com

Grant of GP 1800 to Group D/MTS who retired/expired from service after 31-08-2008 without having been imparted training: Department of Posts Order

Grant of GP 1800 to Group D/MTS who retired/expired from service after 31-08-2008 without having been imparted training: Department of Posts Order

Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
GDS Section
Dak Bhawan, Sansad Marg,
New Delhi-110 001
File No. 1-20/2008-PCC (pt)
Dated: 03.10.2013
Sub: - Grant of Grade Pay of Rs 1800 to Group D/MTS who retired/expired from service after 31-08-2008 without having- been imparted training.

The issue of allowing Grade pay of Rs. 1800 to those erstwhile group D non- matriculate employees who retire/died beyond 29-08-2008 without being imparted prescribed training for one reason or the other is currently under examination in consultation with Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure.

2. Initially, the Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide UO No. 7- 6/7/2009-IC dated 12.03,2009 had permitted grant of grade pay of Rs. 1800/- to the erstwhile Group D non-matriculate employees subject to imparting computer training. Training Division of this Department had accordingly issued guidelines on training on computer operations to non-matriculate erstwhile Group D employees vide No. 1-55/2009-Trg dated 06.04.2009.  The issue related to non-matriculate physically disabled erstwhile Group D employees was subsequently taken up and Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure vide UO No, 16/10/2010-Legal dated 12.08.2010 took the view that if such erstwhile Group D could perform his duties inspite of the disability, the Department may design and administer training. Orders were accordingly issued by this Department empowering Heads of Circles to devise local training programme and allow grade pay of Rs. 1800 from 01.01,2006 on imparting the required training vide No. 1-20/2008-PCC dated 23.09.2010.

3. Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure has sought the details of training programme organized by various Postal Circles to consider the proposal further.

4. You are requested to forward the aforesaid details immediately for further examination of the issue in consultation with Nodal Department. Details of such officials with reason for not imparting training & resultant non-allowing of GP Rs,1800/- effecting from 01-01-2006 may also be sent in the annexure.
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(Surender Kumar)
Assistant Director General (GDS/PCC)
Source: www.indiapost.gov.in
[http://www.indiapost.gov.in/DOP/Pdf/Circulars/1-20_2008-PCCptdtd03Oct2013%20.PDF]

Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees: NFIR writes to Railway Board

Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees: NFIR writes to Railway Board

 NFIR
National Federation of Indian Railwaymen

No.I/3/Pt.I
Dated: 25/10/2013
The Secretary (E),
Railway Board,
NEW DELHI

Dear Sir,

Sub: Simplification of rules/procedure on withdrawals from Provident Fund by Railway employees-reg.

Ref: (i) Railway Board's letter No. F(E)/III 77 PFI/3 dated 27/5/1977.
(ii) Rule 925 read with sub rule (3) (a) of RI.

Difficulties are being faced by Railway employees while withdrawing money from the their Provident Fund as the authorities have been insisting on submission of various uncalled for/unwarranted affidavits/documents with result the payments are delayed causing deep sense of frustration among employees.

2. In this connection N FIR desires to convey that provision exists under Rule 925 read with sub rule (3) (a) of Indian Railway Establishment Code Vol-I (Reprint Edition, 1995) as below:-

    "Marriage expenses-- Withdrawals may be permitted for meeting expense subject to the following terms and conditions:-

    (a) meeting the expenditure in connection with the betrothal/marriage of the subscriber or his sons or daughters and any other female relation actually dependent on him".

Above rules no where indicate that the employee should be asked to submit affidavits and complete other unnecessary formalities causing hindrance and delay in the process unnecessarily in the drawal of employee's own money which is unfortunate despite the fact that the employees have to forego interest on the amount of money drawn from P.F.

3. For easy processing and to overcome the hurdles, NFIR wishes to state that Zonal Railways etc., may be directed to sanction and pay the amount drawn by the employee on a simple application form containing all relevant information with self certification.

NFIR, therefore, requests the Railway Board to issue suitable instructions to all Zonal Railways/Production Units to avoid unnecessary hardship to staff. A copy of the instructions issued may be endorsed to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
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(M.Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source: NFIR

Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l to all group "D" Employees : ESIC Order

Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l to all group "D" Employees : ESIC Order

HEADQUARTERS OFFICE
EMPLOYEES' STATE INSURANCE CORPORATION

No. A-28112/1/2009-Med. VI.
Dated 21.10.2013
To
The Director (Medical) Delhi/Noida
All Medical Superintendent of
ESIC Hospitals,

Sub:- Grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l to all group "D" Employees including Para-medical Employees appointed in ESIC Hospitals/Institutions as per the pre-amended Recruitment Rules.

Sir,
1 am directed to convey the approval of the Corporation for grant of Grade Pay of Rs. 1800/- in PB-l in the pay band of Rs. 5200-20200/- to all group "D" Employees including Para-medical Employees appointed in ESIC Hospitals/Institutions as per the pre-amended Recruitment Rules, vide its 160th Meeting held on 19.09.2013 as per supplementary item no. ESIC-5 in the minutes.

In view of above, you are requested to take necessary action.

Yours Faithfully,
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(Akshay Kala)
Jt. Director (M)
Source: www.esic.nic.in
[http://www.esic.nic.in/CIRCULARS/cir_med.VI_24.10.pdf]

Railways: Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance

Railways: Revision of minimum rates of wages and variable dearness allowance
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(RAILWAY BOARD)
No. 2011/E (LL)AT/MW/1
New Delhi dated: 24.10.2013

The General Managers, All Indian Railways, PUs and pSUs,
Metro Railway, Kolkata, CORE, Allahabad
The General Managers,(Construction), All lndian Railways
The Director General, RDSO, Lucknow
The DG/Railway Staff College, Vadodara
The Directors, IRICEN, IRIEEN, IRISET, IRIMEE, IRITM
The CAO, COFMOW, Tilak Bridge, New Delhi
The CAO, Rail Coach Factory / Raebareli, Kishan Ganj, Del
The CAO, Rail Wheel Plant, Bela

Sub: Revision of minimum rates of wages dearness allowance.

A copy each of orders No. (i) No. 1/11/(3)/2013-LS.II, (ii) No.1/11(4)/2013-LS-II, (iii) No.1/11/(5)/2013-LS.II, (iv) No.1/11/(6)2013-LS,ll and (v) No.1/11/(7)2013-LS.II dated 19.09.2013 revising the rates of variable dearness allowance for contract workers engaged in
(i) Construction or maintenance of roads or in Building operations etc., (ii) stones mines for Stone breaking & Stone Crushing, (iii) loading and unloading operations in railway goods sheds, parcel offices of Railways, (iv) Employment of sweeping and cleaning excluding activities prohibited under the Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 and, (v) employment of watch and ward respectively is sent herewith, for information and strict compliance. The rates are appticabte w.e.f.  01.10.2013

2. Railways, being Principal Employer are required to ensure that the contractors are complying with the provisions of the Contract Labour(R&A) Act, 1970 and Minimum wages Act, 1948  strictly and arranging prescribed minimum wages to the contract laborers.

3. This issues with the concurrence of the Finance Directorate of Ministry of Railways.

Please acknowledge the receipt.
(Madan Lal)
Director Estt. (LL)
D.A.: As above(13 pages)

To view the revised rate of wages & DA for various categories of worker, please click the link: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B40Q65NF2_7UamMzNVJpa0N5OG8/edit?usp=sharing

Source: NFIR

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